Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Family Fun Despite Multiple Sclerosis - MS Family Discovery Camp 2011

What a weekend!  

Arriving at camp
Most of our family (we were missing the older girls) attended MS Family Discovery Camp over the past weekend.  It was truly a remarkable experience!  We arrived at the "campgrounds” on Friday afternoon. 

The name of the facility is Camp For All.  It is a wonderful place that offers horseback riding, canoeing, paintball, a rock wall, ropes course, zip-line, fishing…well, you get the picture!  The catch is that all of the activities, cabins and grounds are completely  ADA accessible.

My first time on a rockwall (left)!
The Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds this camp annually for families with an adult living with MS.  The family can have fun together while sharing and learning from other families about the challenges of living with MS.  Children must be six or older to attend.  Along with all of the fun activities the younger children (under 13) attend a session titled “The MS Experience” where  situations are created that simulate some of the physical challenges that their parent with MS may experience.  One example I heard was of having the kids wear a flipper on one foot and a high heel shoe on the other to create a balance issue.

It was an eye-opening and enlightening experience for me and my husband and kids.  I was a little overwhelmed with the sight of people in various stages of disability and amazed and awed with the positive and persistent attitude of the same.  We enjoyed it immensely and plan to make it an annual event!